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Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 Government policy advocacy and fostering genuine fact-based conversations among all stakeholders in the minerals exploration and mining industries are main priorities for the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) this year. "Government is increasingly getting more... 

Environment watchdog orders Barrick to close Chilean side of giant Pascua-Lama project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 Chile's superintendent of the environment has ordered mining major Barrick Gold to close the Chilean side of the massive, but stalled Pascua-Lama gold/silver project straddling the border between Argentina and Chile. The Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente (SMA) announced a revised sanction on... 

Environment watchdog orders Barrick to close Chilean side of giant Pascua-Lama project

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market

19th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has ensured improved zinc recoveries at its zinc/copper/gold Bisha mine, in Eritrea, through its decision in August to allocate additional capital to the mine and delay the delivery of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Serbia-based Timok copper/gold to the... 

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market
STRATEGY PAYS OFF Nevsun was able to provide an additional $24-million for Bisha to improve recoveries and increase the total material movement to meet requirements for the updated life-of-mine plan

Bakubung Koepe rope-up procedure successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, engineered for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, was successfully used at Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West. The system was designed and manufactured by the Tech... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Several major international independent power producers and power generation developers are interested in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme (GPP), for which direction in the form of request for quotations and request for proposals from the Department of Energy (DoE) is keenly awaited.... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors
Photo by Reuters
OILY CHALLENGES Owing to external issues, such as global market decline, some African oil-producing countries are facing increased challenges

Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering services provider TDS Projects Construction, in partnership with Robor Pipe Systems, has started construction of 13-km-long tailings pipeline for the Nkomati nickel mine’s Onverwacht site, in Mpumalanga. Reports from site indicate that the project is on track for... 

Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month
PROJECT PROGRESS All the pipes required for the project have been delivered and more than 4 500 m of piping have been installed to date

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Auto manufacturers are ramping up strategies to cash in on the accelerating worldwide acceptance and demand for electric vehicles (EVs), prompting advice from research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie for automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’ and take stakes in mines or new mine projects... 

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

Miners bolster senior ranks in preparation for fast-paced 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Several Canadian listed miners reported senior management changes on Tuesday. Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals announced Tuesday that Tariq Al Barwani has been appointed to the role of nonexecutive chairperson. Al Barwani joined the board in May 2016. He is a director and shareholder of MB... 

Tahoe fires 25% of Escobal workforce as Guatemala court process dawdles

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Tahoe Resources, whose flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance following a court-ordered suspension of its mining permit in July 2017, has moved to reduce the mine’s workforce by 25%, the miner announced on Monday. The... 

Nutrien gains on first trading day as Agrium, PotashCorp complete merger

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of freshly minted fertiliser producer, distributor and retailer Nutrien gained nearly 6% on Tuesday – its first trading day following closure of the transaction on New Year’s day. The ‘merger of equals’ has created a new top-tiered fertiliser company with a total market... 

Nutrien gains on first trading day as Agrium, PotashCorp complete merger

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

By: Reuters     23rd December 2017 Even if Donald Trump’s initiative on 'critical minerals' strengthens the US mining industry, domestic companies would still struggle to compete with low-cost Chinese competitors, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The president signed an executive order this week to identify new US sources of... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

Money hungry Nautilus weighs funding options as project challenges mount

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2017 Marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals is in active discussions with a range of potential financiers and shareholders to secure the funding required to start mining the Solwara 1 project, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG), the company said on Thursday. The company has thus far been unsuccessful to... 

Money hungry Nautilus weighs funding options as project challenges mount

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2017 Canadian project promoter Northern Dynasty Minerals announced on Thursday that its US-based subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is ready to file an application for a US Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday. “At the outset of 2017, we established... 

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2017 London-based brokerage SP Angel has outlined the key trends that characterised the basket of energy metals during 2017 and the the outlook for 2018 in its new ‘Battery Raw Material Review, Outlook – SP Angel Commodity Research Book’ published on Wednesday. The report pointed out that the... 

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2017 Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed a framework agreement with Northern Dynasty Minerals to work on formalising an option on the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-east Alaska. The announcement on Monday breathes new life into the project billed as the largest... 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

Eighth high-value Angolan diamond discovered

15th December 2017 Australian diamond mining and exploration company Lucapa Diamonds’ Lulo mine, in Angola, delivered pleasing diamond recoveries in November, on the back of the eighth discovery larger than 100 ct at the mine, reinforcing a strong performance from its operations in October, states MD Stephen... 

Eighth high-value Angolan  diamond discovered
LUCAPA PRIDE The Type IIa-D diamond was discovered in Angola last month

Initial mining programme expected to start next year

15th December 2017 Marine and land-based mining company Diamond Fields International has reaffirmed its commitment to its Namibian operations, announcing at the start of November an initial mining programme for its ML111 licence in offshore Namibia in 2018.  The initial mining programme for the licence area will... 

Initial mining programme expected to start next year
YO TOIVO The vessel is designed to provide efficient and effective mining of diamonds on the seafloor

Lesotho mine delivers another high-value diamond

15th December 2017 Global diamond producer Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng diamond mine in Lesotho yielded a high-quality 202 ct Type IIa-D colour, the seventh diamond over 100 ct to be recovered this year. The announcement marks the seventh diamond of over 100 ct to be recovered in 2017 from Letšeng. The mine, it is... 

Lesotho mine delivers  another high-value diamond
PICTURE PERFECT The Letšeng mine, located in Lesotho, which is claimed ot be the highest dollar-per-carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward
KAROWE OPENPIT The Karowe mine located in Botswana has valuable resources located underground

Fast-paced developments at Prieska benefit all stakeholders

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th December 2017 Australian minerals explorer Orion Minerals’ activity at the Prieska zinc/copper mine present an “unparalleled” value creation opportunity for investors and shareholders while promoting and supporting critical socioeconomic development in the Northern Cape, says Orion Minerals MD Errol Smart.  

Fast-paced developments at Prieska benefit all stakeholders
PROJECT ADVANCES Sixteen drill rigs are operating on site in a dual-focused drill programme that aims to confirm the extensive historical drilling database on the remaining mineralisation at Prieska

New South African zinc mine going digital

15th December 2017 Zinc miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is collaborating with digital industrial company GE South Africa to implement a Smart Ore Movement system at its flagship Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, to ensure that best practices are in place when the mine goes into production next year. 

New South African zinc mine going digital
Photo by Duane Daws
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT The Smart Ore Movement system will be implemented in the development phase of the Gamsberg project rather than retrofitted once the mine is on line

Zinc miner secures its position in global top ten producers

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th December 2017 Zinc miner Trevali Mining Corporation has added high-quality zinc production to its existing portfolio and expanded its asset and geographic diversification this year, securing its position as a global top-ten zinc producer. 

Zinc miner secures  its position in global top ten producers
ROSH PINAH Namibia is an attractive mining jurisdiction, hosting many operating mines, including Rosh Pinah

Company fills gap in market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) tailings reprocessing company Tailing Technology (Tailtech) is investigating the potential development of a tailings plant to add value to an existing operation owned by platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

Company fills gap in market
SEIZING OPPORTUNITY Tailing Technology saw a gap in the market for the installation of a plant at the back-end of an existing mine to retreat tailings material

Company moves forward with tailings retreatment project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat PLC’s recovery operation in South Africa, Goldplat Recovery, will be investing in a tailings retreatment project during 2018, as its growth over the past decade has resulted in the operation accumulating a large tailings stock dam.  

Company moves  forward with tailings retreatment project
SOPHISTICATED CIRCUIT Goldplat Recovery’s extraction processes and multiple process lines enable it to keep materials separate, which provides a high degree of flexibility when proposing a solution for a particular type of material

Polymetal, Alrosa receive top honours in Russian environmental report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 LSE-listed Polymetal International was awarded the top rating in environmental responsibility among Russian metals and mining companies by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environmental Facility, and the Russian... 

Amplats makes progress in repositioning its portfolio

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is making significant progress in repositioning its portfolio. This has, thus far, enabled the miner to move its production down the cost curve, thereby resulting in a more value enhancing portfolio. 

Amplats makes progress in repositioning its portfolio
Photo by Duane Daws
Amplats CEO Chris Griffith

Lupaka upgrades Invicta road as a critical step towards imminent production

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 Peru-focused gold explorer and project developer Lupaka Gold has appointed a contractor to expand, enhance, and modify 27 km of road starting from the paved Huacho-Churin-Oyon highway, located at about 1 500 m above sea level, up to the Invicta project, located at about 3 500 m above sea level.... 

First mover Noront shifts RoF focus to Cu/Zn exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 With the first commitments in place to build roads into Northern Ontario’s emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp, regional first mover Noront Resources is taking the opportunity to continue to build out its inventory of polymetallic resources by prioritising copper/zinc targets for exploration... 

First mover Noront shifts RoF focus to Cu/Zn exploration

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 New ‘Proudly South African’ start-up Erudite Strategies has hit a rich vein of acceptance in Australia, where investors in junior mining projects in Africa are showing alacrity in taking up its unique client representative and owner’s engineer offering. Each of Erudite’s three leading lights has... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviews Johann de Bruin, the founding director of the new project engineering company Erudite. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant

8th December 2017 South Africa-based process equipment sales and supply company MIP Process Technologies has landed a contract to supply equipment to global iron-ore giant Ehya Sepahan, which has operations in the Middle East, most notably Iran. Ehya Sepahan CEO Hadi Golzar and technical and planning manager... 

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL COMMITMENTS Half of Ehya Sepahan’s iron-ore is consumed by the steelmaking industry

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

India seeks globally accepted regulations, tax

By: Ajoy K Das     8th December 2017 India’s Steel Ministry is seeking to align the domestic iron-ore mining industry with globally accepted regulations and practices as the country aims to be a 300-million-ton-a-year globally competitive steel producer by 2030. In the course of inter-Ministerial consultations about a new National... 

India seeks globally accepted regulations, tax
Photo by Bloomberg
SUPPLY LINKAGES India’s Steel Ministry has backed the adoption of long-term supply linkages between mines and steel producers

Company continues ramp-up of new iron-ore asset

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2017 Industrial minerals, commodities and construction materials group Afrimat has successfully recommissioned its recently acquired iron-ore play, with full production on track for March 2018. The acquisition of the distressed small iron-ore mine, Diro, in the Northern Cape, had marked a new phase... 

Company continues ramp-up of new  iron-ore asset
DIRO MINE Afrmat invested R300-million into the Diro iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Diamond producer Gem Diamonds is set to receive fresh blood as decade-sitting Gavin Beevers will not stand for re-election in 2018 as a nonexecutive director 

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director Mike Brown

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 The large-scale production of oil and gas has the potential to stabilise South Africa’s economy, relieving unemployment and poverty challenges while driving growth across industries, but government must provide policy certainty and an assertion of future contract stability, says South African Oil... 

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPORT NEED South Africa must prioritise the import of liquefied natural gas to establish a gas market while indigenous reserves are explored onshore and offshore

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